mardi 13 novembre 2012

Google Launches $199 Acer Chromebook With 320 GB Hard Drive




Posted: 12 Nov 2012 10:36 AM PST


Google has announced a $199 Acer Chromebook available immediately from various stores. This Chromebook joins the recently launched ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook which was prices at $299.
Posted: 12 Nov 2012 10:41 PM PST


Evan N. Frost, 13, recently published an Android application called Jurassic Sounds to the online Google store, Google Play. The app plays sounds from various dinosaurs of the Jurassic and other periods of the Mesozoic age.

The app was published under his brand, "Hidden Ninjas." The young resident of Palm Beach, USA has been running his own website (HiddenNinjas.com) since he was 9 years old.  At his website (compelely created by Evan)  he has many games and written works available free for everyone. Some are browser based games or stories, and others are downloadable.

"I learned HTML in the third grade," said Hidden Ninjas founder Evan N. Frost, "and since then have also learned some BASIC, PYTHON and JAVA. I wanted to learn JAVA because most Android apps are written in it. I like writing stories and I like programming games."
The young chap is planning an update to "Jurassic Sounds," which he will be offering for $1. (A Kid has gotta live) He is also working on an app that can tell you how fast your computer processor is running.
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Posted: 12 Nov 2012 03:13 PM PST


It was too much for the guiltily-sensitive Apple App Store, they removed it an hour after it went live, but Android is made of sterner stuff and 'In A Permanent Save State,' an interactive, artistic work by Benjamin Poynter is now available at Google Play Store for $0.99.

Poynter's artistic piece (all hand-drawn, surrealist cartoon-style and bloody good with it) was influenced by the real-life suicides that have been occurring at Foxconn's manufacturing plants - dotted around the developing nations. A report by twenty Chinese universities described Foxconn factories as labor camps and detailed widespread worker abuse and illegal overtime.

The 'serious sociopolitical' game imagines an spiritual afterlife for seven overworked employees who committed suicide.

It was not surprising Apple acted so quickly in removing it, the artist, Poynter has said that despite never mentioning Foxconn directly in the app, he suspected that the game would be banned. It's just a pity it was taken down so soon - real Daniel in the lion's den stuff!
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Posted: 12 Nov 2012 02:29 PM PST


The Samsung Galaxy Camera can be yours from Nov. 16 for $499.99 through AT&T.

The company are also running a promotion where if you buy another Samsung smartphone or tablet along with your Galaxy camera, you'll get $100 off. (For a limitied time and with the usual selling your soul plan)

We all know it and we all want one, but here's a rundown of what you can expect out of this baby:

4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen. 4G,  A 21x optical zoom lens and a 16MP backside (No, not that!) illuminated CMOS sensor for good quality in low light conditions. Powering the camera is a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

It's got good manual controls like Expert Mode - manual setting of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Smart Mode with Rich Tone HDR mode and Light Trace for 'light painting' photos.

With AT&T Locker - photo and video sharing service, users get 5 GB of storage for free – enough for around 5,000 average sized photos. The usual twittering and such, social-sharing rules apply.

There's a good range of data plans on offer, such as the new Mobile Share plans, where you can share a single bucket of data across all your compatible devices.

The camera will be available from Friday 16th November at various AT&T stores nationwide and online at www.wireless.att.com.
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Posted: 12 Nov 2012 11:21 AM PST


Android-toting Bostonians can now use their smartphone as a rail ticket thanks to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, who have launched the US' first full smartphone commuter rail ticketing system.
All you have to do is install the MBTA mTicket app on your phone, find and book a ticket for your journey. When the time comes to show your ticket, you whip out your device and show the inspector your ticket displayed on the phone's screen as an encrypted barcode and as a human readable ticket.

It sounds a real boon for Bostonians. No more queuing for tickets (less than half of MBTA's 140 Commuter Rail stations have ticket machines) or having to buy a ticket on board. Plus the MBTA are happy because they'll be saving around $20 million by eliminating the need for more ticket machines and lowering cash transactions on the trains.

Anyone thinking forged tickets will have to go back the the drawing boards as these onscreen babies have cryptographic validation. Train conductors will be checking tickets to make sure they're valid using their own smartphone app, which presents a vision of the near-future where transactions involve no more than 2 people pointing their smartphones at each other.

The MBTA mTicket app is also available for iPhone and soon for Blackberry. You can download the Android app at Google Play.
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Posted: 12 Nov 2012 05:49 AM PST


India is taking its Aakash tablet seriously. None other than the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee announced the release of the new Aakash 2.0 on National Education Day. (Sunday 11th November)

The party in New Delhi was also a big video conferencing event, where hundreds of teachers throughout the land joined in with proceedings whilst showing off the Ten Thousand Teachers Training Programme – live video interaction with participants.

The Aakash 2, codenamed UbiSlate 7Ci,  is an improvement over previous versions. There's a bigger processor - a 1GHz Cortex A8, up from the measly  800 MHz. More RAM - 512MB, up from the 256 MB of the older versions. Android 4.0.3, 4GB storage - expandable up to 32GB and 4 hours on a single charge.

The 7-inch tablet will be available to students at the reduced price of Rs 1,130 ($21), while MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) will get it for Rs.2263 ($41) and everyone else have to stump up close to $80. (Rs.4,394)
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Posted: 12 Nov 2012 03:05 AM PST


According to the survey 53% of the people want to buy a tablet this Christmas. Among those 53%, one out of three want a Asus Nexus 7. This edges out the 30% for the iPad, 24% for the iPad mini and 24% for Kindle Fire HD.